I'm building a PC for a friend and I was wondering about PSU.
Here are system specs:
Phenom II x4 965 BE
ASUS M5A97 R2.0
ASUS 7770 DC 1GB DDR5-v2
Toshiba 500GB 7200rpm SATA3 (600) 32mb
8GB (2x4GB) Patriot Black Mamba @ 1866MHz
Thermaltake Commander MS-I
OCZ StealthXStream 500W
He intends to game, 2-3 hours a day...
BF3, CoD, CS1.6, Medieval 2...
I was wondering if this PSU would be good enough for him, as he intends to OC the CPU to 4 - 4.5 maybe 5GHz when he gets a nice CPU cooler.
He also intends to OC the GPU.
With monitor being 180$, this fits his budget, which is about 800$.
Remember that the prices are bigger in our country than in US, so please don't recommend any other parts, as this is his "final build" and only the PSU can be changed to a something that's 10-15$ more...
That is a good entrylevel power supply, but 500 watts is all you are goingto get out of it, their is no headroom in this power supply unlike the 600 watt model steatlxstream, the fact hat he is going to overclock I would go with the 600 watt.
StealthXStream is one of the good lines by ocz. It was discontinued I believe.
You can take a look at ModXStream Pro,and I believe Antec TruePower New costs abit more and is seasonic made.
The first ModXstream, StealthXtream PSUs released by OCZ were the most garbage ones out there, not rated for it's labeled wattage and were causing a lot of disorders as reviewed by Hardwaresecrets.com.
Right now the ModXStream Pro is okay by most of the reviewers, no problem with it.
There's also the Seasonic S12ii and Rosewill Capstone in that category. Also Corsair Enthusiast Series on the high side. And 500w 80+ should be enough for your current build OP,but there's no harm is giving leg room for upgrades.
I also doubt he's being sold the original, crappy stealthxstream.